ID Foundations, 20: Caught between the Moon and New York City . . . the Privileged Planet thesis
|December 6, 2013||Posted by kairosfocus under Design inference, Fine tuning, Cosmology, ID Foundations, Science, worldview issues/foundations and society, Astronomy, Privileged planet|
Yesterday, News put up a post on the mysterious origins of the moon, invoking a classic song on being caught between the Moon and New York City. (Niwrad added a post here on the multiverse that is also worth seeing. Kindly bear in mind this earlier ID Foundations post on fine tuning.)
Mahuna aptly comments:
“As the number of steps increases, the likelihood of a particular sequence decreases.”
OK, so Earth is not merely “very improbable”. It’s very VERY very improbable.
I don’t see this as a problem for Earth, which I think we can prove actually exists. I do see it causing a problem for all those “Earth 2″ exo-planets, of which we can subtract 99% (or something) based on the HIGHLY improbable repetition of the Earth-Moon formation.
You MUST have a Moon to produce tides. And it MUST be a large Moon to act as a final shield against space debris that got past the Gas Giants.
Hey, TGIF, so let’s cue the movie, Privileged Planet:
And while we are at it, here is Gonzalez — one of the PP principals — in action on why is the universe fine-tuned for life, with links onward to design and cosmological arguments that point to God:
So, now, is it reasonable to infer from the privileged planet thesis and/or the broader cosmological fine-tuning case, that our observed universe and/or home planet can be best explained on design? Why or why not, and how does that interact with serious candidate, live option worldview alternatives? END
PS: Personal update, progress is good (as he came out of surgery and came around, the young man was answering questions in his favourite language — Spanish . . . I hereby unscientifically predict a Hispanic daughter in law!), now out of ICU, no evidence of nerve damage, cf. here.